Monday, January 23, 2017

Art-House Fare Hopes for an Oscar-Nod Push, as ‘Split’ Rules North America


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The Academy Award nominations come out Tuesday, and films like “Moonlight,” “Silence,” “Lion” and “20th Century Women” may gain box office momentum.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Paula Dell, Pioneering Movie Stuntwoman, Is Dead at 90


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Ms. Dell worked as a stunt double in films like “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “The Poseidon Adventure” and in the TV series “Charlie’s Angels.”

‘It’s Not for Wimps’: 8 Stuntwomen Reflect on Their Careers


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After the death this month of Paula Dell, one of the pioneering stuntwomen in Hollywood, New York Times reporters asked professional stuntwomen about the job.

‘Star Trek’ Copyright Settlement Allows Fan Film to Proceed


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A legal battle that was worthy of a Federation starship taking on a Klingon destroyer pitted an amateur filmmaker against two Hollywood studios.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Review: Turning the World On, the LSD Way, in ‘The Sunshine Makers’


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Cosmo Feilding Mellen’s documentary suggests that two young men saw themselves as spreading transcendence one hit at a time.

Review: ‘The Red Turtle,’ Life Marooned With an Ornery Reptile


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This largely nonverbal animated French-Belgian-Japanese coproduction, from Studio Ghibli, the home of Hayao Miyazaki, flirts with eco-mysticism.

Review: ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’ Deploys Vin Diesel on a New Mission


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In the third installment of this franchise, the hero and new oddball allies set out to retrieve a stolen superweapon.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Pander or Diversify? Hollywood Courts China With ‘The Great Wall’


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The Chinese box office attracts major studios, but the attempts to court it (“The Great Wall,” “Transformers: Age of Extinction”) have been a mixed bag.

Review: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’ Has Personality. O.K., Personalities. Lots.


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“Split” represents something of a return to form — or formula — for its writer and director, M. Night Shyamalan. It’s all plot, spun into a ribbon of suspense.

Michael Fassbender Talks Box Office Setbacks and Criminal Enterprises


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The “Assassin’s Creed” actor knows American audiences weren’t sold on that film, but he says he doesn’t factor in that risk when he chooses projects.

Andrew Garfield and Our Bully Culture


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The actor draws a link between the harmful notions of celebrity and the country’s politics.

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Faces Outrage Over Video of Distressed German Shepherd


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For a movie aimed squarely at an audience of dog lovers, the footage threatens to repel the precise audience filmmakers hope to draw.

Review: ‘The Founder,’ the Story of a Supersize Businessman


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Mr. Keaton’s kinetic performance as the man who made McDonald’s what it is today doesn’t enhance the movie; it is the movie.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

‘The Founder’: Burgers, Fries and a Couple of Wiseguys


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Nick Offerman and John Carroll Lynch play the McDonald brothers in a new film the rise of the fast-food giant and Ray Kroc.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review: Madonna Said ‘Strike a Pose,’ and It Was Life-Altering


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This documentary looks at the dancers from that singer’s film “Truth or Dare” and its influence on gay rights and awareness.

Review: ‘Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire,’ Portrait of an Artist in Chaos


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Tony Palmer’s documentary follows this singer-songwriter in an early phase of his career, during a somewhat disordered 1972 European tour.

Monday, January 16, 2017

How Working With Martin Scorsese Is Like a Religious Experience


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Issey Ogata of “Silence,” in which he is a cruel inquisitor of missionaries, said the director “made me feel that I really wanted to give everything.”

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Hot on the Trail of ‘La La Land,’ Here Come More Movie Musicals


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When a song-and-dance film earns $132 million this fast, others will follow — with Emma Watson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Josh Gad, for starters.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Glimpsing Cinema’s Northern Lights at Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival


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A 16-year tradition in Canada has become a touring festival encompassing features, short films and student projects.

‘A Monster Calls’: Talking Trees Are Easy. Truth Is Hard.


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The writer Patrick Ness and the director J. A. Bayona discuss “Monster” and the importance of not lying to children.

Review: ‘Sleepless,’ but No Need to Reach for the Sominex


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This entry in the dad-to-the-rescue action-movie genre doesn’t have enough twists to even tie a shoelace.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Review: ‘Vince Giordano,’ a Nostalgist With Fresh Takes on Jazz


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This documentary profiles a passionate preservationist and bandleader whose devotion to stylistic authenticity infuses his band’s peppy and carefree performances.

Review: ‘Reset’ Follows Benjamin Millepied’s Efforts to Rejuvenate Paris Opera Ballet


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The job didn’t work out in the end, but this riveting film documents a choreographer’s cheerfully tenacious effort as well as his work on one ballet.